Tournament rules

The language of football is international. Even if you don’t always understand the language of the opposing teams, use the language of sport to communicate. And above all, be fair. It is not for nothing that the Fair Play Cup is the most coveted of all KOMM MIT trophies. Make it clear to you and your players that you are not only representing your club, but also your country. Set a good example. And if, in the heat of the tournament, there are any statements that go beyond the “usual fan chants”, remain thoughtful and objective.

General rules

The matches during our youth football tournaments are played according to the official football rules, the “Laws of the Game” of the IFAB (International Football Association Board). You can find all the special features of the KOMM MIT events here on this page.

1. the conduct of the tournament shall be the responsibility of the organisers and shall be governed by these tournament rules and the official rules of UEFA or FIFA.

2. the organisers shall appoint a tournament committee.

3. The organisers shall appoint a court management for the individual venues, which shall be responsible for the proper conduct of the matches according to the match schedule.

4. The referees appointed by the organiser are in possession of a valid licence.

A. Players are eligible to play if they have a match authorisation for the participating club, association or selection team in accordance with the regulations of their home association and FIFA.

B. The match authorisation (valid player passport or, if applicable, valid passport/ID card) in the original, not as a copy, as well as the match report sheet should be presented to the court management 30 minutes before each match and are to be checked by them. A maximum of
18 players (max. 2 older players) must be listed on the match report.

C.For clubs participating in the tournament with two or more teams in an age group, the players may only play for one team from the beginning during the entire tournament. In these cases, entry lists of the line-up of each individual team must be submitted to the tournament management at the beginning of the tournament. If no entry list is submitted, the first match report shall also be considered as the entry list.

Before each match, the surname, first name and date of birth of the players must be entered on the match report form in the order of the players’ shirt numbers and signed by the trainer or coach. This form is to be filled in completely and signed by the referee after the match. The tournament committee and the teams will each receive a copy.

Special rule:
In each age group, two players who are no more than 1 year older (e.g. U19 = 2 players born in 2002, etc.) may be entered on the match report Younger players may be used in each age group.

Up to five changes can be made in each tournament match. The substitution of players is only possible during a stoppage of play and must be reported to the referee. A substituted player may be used again in this match (within the limits of the five substitutions). This rule does not apply to small field games. Here, any number of players can be substituted in and out several times. The change must be indicated to the referee.


  • 2 x 20 minutes

Ü17-/U18-/U17-/U15-/U13-Juniors (female)

  • 2 x 20 minutes


  • 2 x 15 minutes
  • Caution (yellow card)
  • Time penalty (5 minutes)
  • Sent off (red card)

In the event of a sending-off, the player concerned is suspended for at least the next match. However, it is at the discretion of the tournament committee to decide on a higher penalty. In case of serious disciplinary offences (also outside the tournament matches), the tournament committee may exclude the players concerned from the tournament.

The games will be played in groups of 4 (in exceptional cases groups of 3/5).

A. The games are played according to points and goals. In the event of a tie, the goal ratio shall decide according to the subtraction method, whereby the goals scored shall have priority (e.g.: 2:2 is better than 1:1; 5:3 is better than 3:1). Points are scored according to the valid rules – win: 3 points, draw: 1 point, defeat: 0 points.

B. In the event of a tie in points and goals after the preliminary round matches, the match result of the teams against each other shall be decisive. If there is also equality here, the winner will be determined by drawing lots.

C. If an age group is played with groups of 3 or 5, a quotient is formed for the evaluation in each group of the age group when it comes to the determination of the best second, third, fourth and fifth in the groups. The quotient results from the number of points achieved divided by the number of matches.

D. If there is no winner in the qualifying and final matches after the regular playing time, the winner will be determined immediately by a penalty shoot-out according to the FIFA rules (Attention: Only the players who are on the pitch at the end of the match are eligible to take penalties (this rule does not apply to small pitch matches). No player is allowed to take two penalties before all other players have taken them!)
After the semi-finals, the third-placed team is usually determined by a shoot-out between the two losers of the semi-finals.

E. Teams should be at the pitch at least 30 minutes before the start of the match. If a team is demonstrably late (15 minutes after the start of the match) or does not appear, the match is considered lost with 0:2 goals and won for the opponent with 2:0 goals. In case of late arrival through no fault of the player (bus breakdown, traffic situations, etc.), the tournament committee will decide on a rescheduling. Should a team cause the match to be abandoned, the match is also considered lost with 0:2 and won for the opponent with 2:0 goals. This also applies to gross unsportsmanlike conduct off the field of play. The tournament committee has the decision to exclude the team from the further tournament and to report it to the respective national association.

F. If matches are cancelled due to weather conditions and cannot be made up on the scheduled tournament days for scheduling reasons, the results of these matches will be drawn (2:0 or 1:1 or 0:2). This only applies in the case of a tournament interruption, not for a tournament abandonment.

For small field games (7 vs. 7) the following special rules are established (otherwise the rules for large field games apply):

Category U9, U10 & U11 Juniors

  • Any number of players can also sign out and back in more than once.
    be substituted.
  • the offside rule is abolished
  • the 6-second rule for the goalkeeper is abolished
  • the back-pass rule is abolished
  • the goal kick can be taken from the hand

U13(7s) & U12 Juniors & U15(7s) Juniors (female) Category

  • Any number of players can also sign out and back in more than once.
    be substituted.
  • the goal kick must be taken from the ground
  • The tee shot (from the ground or from the hand) must be touched by any player before the centre line.
    (does not apply to the goal kick).

The team named first in the fixture must wear a different coloured kit in the case of the same jersey colour.

An appeal must be submitted in writing to the tournament committee within one hour of the end of the match. A fee of € 25,- has to be paid with the submission. The decision will be made and announced within 24 hours after receipt of the appeal.
The tournament committee does not accept complaints concerning factual decisions made by the referee.

By participating, all clubs accept these tournament rules. Violations may result in the exclusion of the team from the tournament. All teams are responsible for their own clothing and sports equipment. The organiser and the tournament management are not liable for theft of any kind.

Tournament technology

The referees appointed by the organiser are in possession of a valid licence of their home association.

Winners’ trophies for 1st to 3rd place per age group; participants trophies from the 4th place per age group; certificate for each team; medal for each player

  1. Fairest team
  2. Top scorer per age group
  3. Best goalkeeper per age group

The winning team of the respective age group receives five free places** (three free places for small pitch) for the coming tournament year.

(**Favourable accommodation, meals and event)

At the Copa Maresme and the International Whitsun Tournament, in addition to the U13- play on the large pitch (11 vs. 11), we offer parallel U13- junior play on the small pitch (7 vs. 7).

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